How Soon Do You Pack?

United States
January 28, 2007 10:19am CST
Okay, I have this discussion with a certain someone everytime I we get ready to travel. I tend to wait until the last minute to pack everything because that way I know I won't forget something and leave it out because I used it. I generally just grab things and pack it - and usually finding a walmart once I get to my location to buy whatever I forgot :). However, this certain someone will start packing a week in advance. I can't imagine having the suitcase out and open for a whole week at a time! But lists are made and stuff is checked off - and it's a very organized way of handling things that I just don't do well. How about you? How soon do you pack before a trip?
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
29 Jan 07
i pack the night before i am ready to leave everything except what i need to use in the morning. Then in the morning after i have used what i needed to use, such as deaodrant, hairdryer, tooth paste, ect i will pack all that stuff and then i am ready to go.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I just got back from staying at my mother's house for a whole week - and I left a whole bunch of stuff at home as usual. However, I was a bit more upset about leaving this time and wasn't really thinking all that well. Do you usually end up forgetting stuff?
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
29 Jan 07
sometimes i do, like the one time i forgot to pack an extra bra and while on vacation my bra strap broke and there i was trying to find a bra at a local walmart, and that was horrible.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
My favorite is when I don't pay attention to what time of the month it is *blush* I've never been open about stuff like that and I get so embarrassed going into walmart to buy ONLY that...because everyone around you knows exactly why you're buying it and that they better watch out for you because you're hormonal...*laugh* or at least these are the types of things that go through my mind...I always try to find a female to check out through - it somehow makes me feel less self conscious *grin*.
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• India
29 Jan 07
even iam also a last minute packer and i wnt forget anything to pack,,,it takes hardly 10-15 for me to getready with my packing.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
*ack* that's no time at all - it does take me at least a few hours before hand just because I'm so scatterbrained I end up doing about 15 things at once...I start packing and end up washing dishes somehow all in the matter of 5 minutes...I start one thing, then go to another, then go to another and finally making it back around about an hour later *laugh*
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
29 Jan 07
wow. that's too quick. i will surely feel so stressed out when i do that way of packing things up before travelling.
@MntlWard (880)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I usually just throw stuff in a bag sometime within the 24-hours before I'm leaving. Unless a special occasion is involved, I don't need anything specific, so I need my toothbrush and shower stuff, plus enough clothes for the number of days I'll be there.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
And you do it in one bag??? You are officially my hero. You see, I am terrified of forgetting something or getting bored. That's what I hate more than anything, so I look at all the projects I have going on at the time and I'll pick up this book or that notebook or whatever is at my hand in a panic just "in case" I get bored...and I never touch the stuff. I think I have some kind of psychotic complex :S
@MntlWard (880)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Well, I usually use one of my duffel bags that I still have from my military career, so I can pack quite a bit of clothing in that.
@Razzles (391)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I usually wait until the last minute to pack. It is more fun that way, I guess. I have always done this. I don't want things to get wrinkled. I also like to wash the clothes that I am taking and sort out things.
• United States
29 Jan 07
do you fold or roll your clothes? I found that if I roll them, they don't get as wrinkled, and I have more space to pack...but that's just me. It could totally be my imagination *grin*.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I'm like you. I usually pack the night before and the morning of the trip. I'm usually doing laundry and need a few things from that to take with me... I have most of my toiletries in duplicate, and they're always in my travel case, which makes that part easier. I travel a lot, so this way I always have what I need. Let's face it, no matter where you're going you can get anything you forgot at a store or from the hotel. I can't see stressing about it for an entire week beforehand! It must be hard to deal with such an "organized" person as your travel partner!!
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• United States
29 Jan 07
*laugh* I do get picked on a lot by my BF because of my last minute packing. I also get a lot of flack because I pack SO MUCH - but hey, I've learned to fit a lot in small spaces, so if I have room, i take it. The problem is when I travel overseas...I always end up shifting stuff around from bag to bag just to keep from getting weight charges *grin* :).
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
29 Jan 07
You sound like my hubby who always tend to wait til the last minute to pack things into the suitcase. I,on the other hand prefer to start packing early , maybe 2 weeks to a month in advance, to make sure I don't forget to pack in any item. I guess it's just my personality, I like to prepare things in advance.
• United States
29 Jan 07
That's one of the things I love about my BF - he tends to be strong in the areas that I'm weak, and vice versa. I am a spontaneous spur of the moment person and good at the drop of a hat - he is methodical and slow in making decisions and very organized...I need someone like that to keep my on track in my life :). Have you ever taken the Meyers Briggs personality type test?
• United States
29 Jan 07
I am with you on this one, there is not any point in packing early as everything that I will be packing I am also going to need before I leave. I like to pack just before I am ready to go as that way everything is out and I can see what I might need. I have forgotten things doing it this way but Wal Mart is also my best friend. I had an ex that would drive me crazy packing weeks before we left and then I would need something so I would go get it out and it never would get put pack in. We would argue all the time about this. Lists and organization work for some people but I am not one of those people at all.
• United States
29 Jan 07
*laugh* Walmart is DEFINITELY my best friend - I think I've been to every walmart of every place I've visited at least twice. As a matter of fact, that's one of the first things I look for whenever I travel is the closest walmart *grin*. The only exception was visiting my BF's parents - they had anything and everything you could ever think of in that house...*raising eyebrows*
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have a bag of things that just stay packed. Personal stuff - deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo etc. Always ready. Medications get taken and then packed. Clothing. I count what I will need, add a few extra and then pack. My wardrobe is rather generic, so everything almost always matches. (someday you may see me on what NOT to wear). If I am brining other things...gifts etc. They are always in a separate area by they door, so they won't be forgotten.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Now this is interesting - because I've been traveling a lot lately, I began to do something similar to this with my toiletries. I now have a bag of stuff I keep for traveling purposes so I never have to pack or unpack it out of the shower - I have two of the essentials I need - one for home and one for travel. Have you always done that or did you simply start out of necessity?
@GardenGerty (105254)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I am a synthesis of both, and I am not sure it really works. I make lists, and plan, and try to launder, and locate the suitcase. I start off, load up, then realize that my sweetie has not packed or selected a thing, so then I go get his stuff, then I run out the back door, grabbing everything that I can reach, that I might want to use, maybe, in a day or two. I still usually go find a Wal Mart.
• United States
29 Jan 07
That last part definitely sounds like me. Last minute, I'm rushing around grabbing whatever I can find in a frantic rush, thinking "Oh, I might need that!" ... forget the fact that I haven't picked up in over 3 months *grin*.
@creationhub (3068)
• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
For the past 20 years, I usually pack the night before a trip. Not something my wife agree, of course. Well, women are more particular about such things. In fact, my wife would have prepared a checklist first. Her method is more efficient. Sometimes, last minute packing can be rather stressful and time consuming. It is good to pack earlier if we know we are planning a trip within the week or so.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I WISH I were more organized, but my personality is such that I do everything spontaneously. Take right now, for instance - I'm sitting in the Wingate Hotel parking lot because my internet was having trouble in the house. I didn't want to wait to call the computer tech guys so I went out to the hotel where I knew I could get the wifi - and I'm sitting in the parking lot working on mylot *grin* - isn't that sad? Hmmm...I wonder if that's illegal... *ACK*
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
28 Jan 07
I usually start about a day ahead. That way I have time to pick the outfits I want and have time to wash something just in case. The next day I just add my sundries and I am ready to go!
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I will usually do all the laundry and the packing the day before, too - just because I'll usually be leaving so early in the morning. Do you usually end up forgetting something or are you right on target in most cases?
@Bizziebod (3526)
28 Jan 07
I start packing about two weeks before I go away, that way I can re-evaluate what I'm going to pack and I know that I won't forget anything then! If I left it to the last minute then I think I would end up with all the wrong things in my suitcase!
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Yup, I end up with about 15 things that I'm really NOT going to wear and nothing that matches - and then I get frustrated because I didn't check to see if anything matched *laugh*. I have gotten better about counting how many days I'm going to be gone and how many socks or things I'm going to need to take with me *grin*. But I always end up over packing just because I'm afraid I'm going to forget something I'll need *grin*.
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
I pack for a day or 2 days before our travel. For me to atleast ready all the things I need. I dont consider a week for it is very long period in packing things. When there is something in my mind that I should bring I put it right away for me not to forget it.
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Before I pack, I made a checklist first of all the things I will be needing. Sometimes, it varies of how many days I will be staying at my travel place. Normally, I started packing my days, 2 days before my departure so that I could have an ample time to evaluate, to check and even to finalize all my stuffs. I am a a forgetful person and sometimes, I need to check first or even you have to remind me again of some essential things to bring along to my suitcase.. I check my toiletries, my underwears, my jackets etc. Everything should be organized and well- managed before leaving. You should make a checklist and out of that even you are in a hurry in packing things, it would still organize bacause you take note of everything.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I don't start getting excited about a trip until about 2 days before we leave. That's when I start packing. I'm pretty organized, so I've pretty much thought through what I'm gonna take by the time I'm ready to pack.
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
14 Mar 07
When I'm getting ready to travel I feel like I need to have everything packed way in advanced, but most of the time I end up putting it off till the last minute. If you put it off till the last minute you can still get another load of laundry in.
@rajkyin (45)
• India
29 Jan 07
well i am very poor in packing. i pack at the last minute so i do it in a hurry and i tend to forget few important things.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I pack the night before I go anywhere. I make a list a few days beforehand, and keep adding to the list as I remember things. Then, the night before I go, I pack everything. I've been on so many trips that I know exactly what to bring each time. It really doesn't matter when you start, just so long as you finish on time!
29 Jan 07
I usually pack a week before we go. I don't leave it to the last minute. I found out the hard way that if I wait, I will forget something. I tend to pack lighter by doing it earlier.
@kmgupta (561)
• India
29 Jan 07
it take me 5 minutes to pack.